Freddy Fermin looks to be the best catcher on the KC Royals this season.
Before the season it seemed that Salvador Perez would once again be the premier catcher for the Royals, but since Freddy Fermin got called up he has been a "dude" for the Royals both behind the plate and at the plate. His play, especially in July, should be rewarded with more starts in the second half of the year.
In July, Fermin has slashed .326/.354/.522 with an OPS of .876 and a wRC+ of 138. To add to this, Fermin has also been one of, if not the most, clutch hitters the Royals have this year. Per Fangraphs, Fermin has a batting average of .326 with RISP an OPS of .844, and a wRC+ 130. The bat has been a huge surprise, but Fermin has also provided solid defense behind the plate.
In two catching metrics, pop time and framing, Fermin is in the red per Baseball Savant. Fermin has a pop time average of 1.94 which is 21st in the league among catchers. For framing, Fermin is in the 70th percentile for the metric. Both metrics are better than Salvy's metrics and even if the bat cools off it may be time to get Fermin more starts.
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